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post #11 of 17 Old 10-30-2015, 06:00 PM
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Witch hazel in a spray bottle is very effective at removing dust too!!
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Hot ragging on spots works a bit.

Like it sounds, soak a terry rag in hot water and rub the bad spots. Much more effective than cool or cold water.

Also since he is grey, might not hurt to add a teeny bit of vinegar to the water. If he was a dark horse I might worry about lightening the coat. Sometimes I use a very weak vinegar water in my geldings blonde mane and tail. Don't really think it does much, but maybe. LOL

A bit of bluing in the rinse water though, makes a significant difference.
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Sounds like something my kids would say ;) But in all seriousness, I agree. Still, the vet and previous owners warned us about mud fever so I will at least hose down his legs and rub off some of the crud on his rump.
Just trim the feathers off. If mud fever is like scratches it is caused from a vitamin A deficiency.
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Had a vet tell me once that it is ok to bathe (outside & cold water) as long as it was at least 50 degrees. Bathe early enough so that they have plenty of time to dry before the cooler night time temps. With their different normal body temps their comfort zone is in the 50's where ours is in the 70's.

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Just trim the feathers off. If mud fever is like scratches it is caused from a vitamin A deficiency.
Mud fever and scratches are the same thing (also goes by a few other names, officially pastern dermatitis). Horses are more prone to it if they have a vitamin A deficiency, but horses with adequate vitamin A intake can still get it, especially if they have predisposing factors. Things that make it more likely are pink skin (from white markings on the legs), thick feathers, constant wetness with no chance for the legs to dry off, and dirty conditions (such as contaminated mud or poorly cleaned stalls).

Giving the horse a chance to dry off (stalled overnight when the pastures are soggy) has been the biggest thing for my horse, who has 4 white feet and is at a barn no real mud or manure management in the pastures.
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I'm kind of a mean horse mom. If I feel the need to bathe, by god we're going to bathe. I have been up many a winter morning pre horse show. When the barn went as a group, the several people with grey, white, or painted horses would go first and use all the hot water. My horses the past several years always seem to be bay. That means the bay horse has to shiver. Well, Mommy is shivering too. I would usually fill up some hot water from the house in a bucket for tails and any very bad spots and then proceed to just painfully wash the thing from the cold water as quickly as I possibly could. I then would towel off and have three or four cooler sheets or fleece blankets handy. Little mare would be fine after she had her warm covers on. Honestly she wasn't very traumatized by the experience either. She only shivered once, and that was because we were literally bathing at 5am in the frost. Even then, she was immediately covered and proceeded to be very comfortable with no complaints.

Anyway, the point to the story is, if you wanted I'd just bathe him. If there was sun and you wanted to before winter happened, by all means. It isn't going to get any warmer.

I am blessed now to be at a smaller barn with only five others boarders, and all those boarders ride english - Which means we won't be showing on the same days. Guess who gets all the hot water now? ME! Ha! No more shivering for poor Selena...

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Anyone who knows horses is going to accept that a horse living out is going to be dirty in the winter.

I would not bath a horse in cold water in the winter.

I always bathed the horses when they came back from a day fox hunting. It was done fast, with hot water, they were all clipped and immediately they were finished had their rugs on and back in the stable. They were dry in less than twenty minutes, never shivered and all moisture from them wicked out to the top rug.
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